Vehicle GPS systems enable drivers to easily set attainable goals to reduce vehicle emissions and show tangible results. Reports that used to take days or months to compile now take just seconds thanks to recent improvements in fleet telematics technology. Modern GPS tracking systems can do things today that they were unable to do even just a few years ago. As the demand for Green features increases, the wireless telematics GPS technology is evolving.
Whether you have a fleet of one van or one thousand, all fleet managers should consider installing a GREEN GPS system into their fleet vehicles to monitor engine diagnostics, fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. With “Green” fleet GPS systems, it’s easy for fleet managers to identify areas for improvement and take decisive action on key issues such as:
•Speed Limits: Reduce fuel usage and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, plus improve driver safety and reduce liability by monitoring for excessive speeding. According to recent studies, a truck traveling at 75mph consumes 27% more fuel than it does at 65mph and a van at 70mph consumes 12% more fuel than at 60mph.
•Route Optimization: Since you pay for every mile, even a small reduction in vehicle mileage can reduce expenses and greenhouse gas pollution. GPS systems enable you to minimize distances using automatic route optimization based on time, distance, or avoided roadways. Depending on the fleet vehicle type, a decrease of 250 miles per month can translate to carbon reductions of roughly 160kg per month or 2 tons per year, plus a yearly cost savings of $1,000 per vehicle.
•Proactive Vehicle Maintenance and Smog Checks: Good GPS tracking systems enable you to remotely monitor motor oil life, engine fault codes, and emissions control system status. Depending on the size of your fleet, this proactive effort can lead to thousands of dollars saved (per vehicle) in vehicle maintenance, repairs and replacement costs. In the Unites States alone, better oil-life monitoring could save over 100 million gallons of oil over 5 years. For every 1lb psi of tire under-inflation, around 4 million gallons of fuel are wasted each day. A poorly tuned engine can use up to 50% more fuel and produces up to 50% more emissions than one that is running properly.
•Idling Controls: Lower idling times by up to 90%. Long-haul trucks can save up to $8,000 per truck per year (averaging 1,800 hours idling per year).
•Improve Fleet Utilization: Fleet management can realize huge savings in labor and fuel expenses because drivers aren’t sent out in search of lost trailers. Large fleet operators have recovered millions of dollars this way. Plus, you can avoid additional trailer purchases by lowering tractor-trailer ratios by 10% to 15%.
•Paperwork Reduction: With GPS fleet systems you can automatically share electronic driver logs, fuel tax reports, employee time cards, and schedule analysis of dispatch and accounting systems. Because paper trails are no longer necessary, overtime and administrative costs can be cut by 10% to 35%.
•Driving Analysis and Training: Stop aggressive driving. Reduce sharp acceleration aka jack-rabbit starts, hard braking, and unnecessary idling events. Jack-rabbit starts and hard braking can increase fuel consumption by as much as 40%. Tests show that “jackrabbit” starts and hard braking reduces travel time by only four percent, while toxic emissions were more than five times higher.
A GPS fleet tracking system helps you to find each of your fleet vehicle’s “sweet spots” such as the specific speeds, gear shifts, and acceleration where the best fuel efficiency can be achieved. In city driving, nearly 50% of the energy needed to power your car goes to acceleration.
•Customer Service: Diminish unnecessary customer service issues by as much as 95% through on-time delivery, accountability, and immediate responsiveness. With a GPS system you can identify and send out the nearest vehicle, improve route optimization, and reduce cargo spoilage. Also you can increase customer retention by offering proof of the company’s green achievements.
•Compliance with Upcoming Regulations for Government Contracts: Recently the EPA handed down a ruling that requested suppliers in the U.S. to report their GHG emissions. For some US fleets this will prove to be a major headache, for others, like those using FieldLogix fleet management software, it won’t be a problem. Government departments are under pressure from environmental agencies to control and limit GHG emissions, and that has a rippling effect for all American fleets, especially those the government does business with.
The FieldLogix vehicle GPS tracking system can correlate all this data with routing options, schedules, maintenance, and driving behavior to establish current baselines. Once baselines have been established, realistic goals can be set and the results can easily be measured by the fleet vehicle tracking GPS system. Fleet managers can immediately send the news to customers, investors, or other important company stakeholders.
Not only is the FieldLogix GPS system a Green product, but the company itself is committed to being Green. FieldLogix uses very fuel efficient vehicles for installation services such as the Toyota Echo which gets 36mpg; all computers go into power save after 20 minutes of inactivity; they properly recycle all electronics; to reduce vehicle emissions they allow some employees to telecommute.